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Is Trade Of Odom & Gasol For Paul A Sign That The Lakers Are Dismantling Their Team To Make Room For Dwight Howard?

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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In a blockbuster trade, the Lakers have acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from New Orleans in exchange for power forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal today raising the question: are the Lakers strategically making room for Dwight Howard as many recent rumors have suggested?

The Lakers are expected to acquire at least one other player in the deal to play power forward. It was unclear which player, but it’s possible the Lakers would also receive veteran New Orleans center-forward Emeka Okafor. There are also rumors about the Lakers making room for what will ultimately be the biggest acquisition of the year, Orlando Magic’s center, Dwight Howard, who becomes a free agent in 2012.

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